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posted: 10/4/2012 5:00 AM

Presidential race is all but over

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No one will probably ever read this letter as the editors want to continue the suspense of this "too close to call" presidential race. The truth of the matter is it's over. Let me give you some key facts from the past few weeks:

The Republican Convention did not generate the expected "bump" in candidate Mitt Romney's polling numbers. None, zero. The Democratic Convention generated a five-point "bump" for the president. That is five points in an election with few undecideds.

As a recent CBS News poll confirmed, the president is now clearly ahead in areas such as "which candidate would do more to help the middle class" (54-40), "who understands the needs and problems of people like yourself" (60-40), "which candidate would do better with handling Medicare (50-43), "which candidate would do better handling foreign policy" (49-39), and "favored by women" (53-41).

Mr. Romney leads in "think(s) the policies of (candidates) administration will favor a certain group (rich)" (53-12) and "favored by male voters" (52-44). All of that was before Mr. Romney's comments on the death of our ambassador in Libya and his definition of the middle class as being earners between $200,000 and $250,000.

Within the next two weeks the big money people in the Republican Party will be pulling their money from Mr. Romney and concentrating on races that they see as winnable in the House and Senate in hopes that they can get control of the legislative branch so that we can have four more years of accomplishing nothing and can fight this battle again in 2016.

Jack Halpin

Arlington Heights

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